Southampton: The World Test Championship final (WTC Final) match is being played between India and New Zealand in Rose Bowl, Southampton. Due to rain, the first day of the match was washed out on Friday and the stumps were declared without a toss.
After this, winning the toss on June 19, New Zealand decided to bowl. With this match, Virat Kohli has become the first player in the world to play the final of all major ICC events.
Virat Kohli played the ODI World Cup finals in the year 2011, two years later, he also played against England in the final of the Champions Trophy.
In the year 2014, Virat Kohli played the title match of the T20 World Cup, after which he again represented the country in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017. This time he himself was the captain of India. Now almost 4 years later, Kohli is playing the final match of the World Test Championship.
He has also surpassed Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the WTC final match is the 61st match of Kohli as captain, while Dhoni has captained the team in 60 matches. Dhoni has led the team to 27 wins while 18 matches have been lost, while Kohli has won 36 Test matches and the team has lost 14 matches.
Most Test-playing Indian as captain –
1. Virat Kohli – 61
2. MS Dhoni – 60
3. Sourav Ganguly – 49
4. Sunil Gavaskar/Mohd Azharuddin -47
5. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi – 40
The Indian cricket team, who took the field for the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand, is wearing black armbands in remembrance of legendary sprinter Milkha Singh. He passed away at the age of 91 on Friday night in Chandigarh.
Earlier, New Zealand had won the toss and opted to bowl at the Hampshire Bowl. The toss took place on the second day after the first day’s play was washed out due to rain.